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Venture capital news and articles, for the VC industry and startups

2010-02-09T18:05:51+00:00

Venture capital news and articles, for the VC industry and startups.



Venture Capital

2013-12-27T20:57:09+00:00

A place to discuss venture capital news, ask VC related advice, network, etc.



Venture Capital

2015-07-01T19:31:33+00:00

Post your venture capital articles here, your concerns and all. Let us build this group and introduce it to the community.






Science AMA Series: I'm Sam Arbesman, a complexity scientist, Scientist in Residence at a venture capital firm, and the author of Overcomplicated, a book which examines technologies that are too complex to understand. AMA!

2016-07-15T12:01:46+00:00

Hi reddit!

I'm Sam Arbesman, Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm investing in emerging science and technology startups, where I help explore what the future of science and tech holds, make sure our firm is at the forefront of these trends, and help the startups we invest in stay ahead of the curve.

I'm the author of Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension, which is about how our technologies have become so complex that we don't really understand them anymore (even if you are one of the experts who made them), and what that means for us as a society. I'm currently thinking a lot about this topic and how we can meet our technologies halfway, even if we can never fully understand them. I'm also the author of the Half-Life of Facts, which examines how knowledge changes over time.

My training is in complexity science, computational biology, and applied mathematics (I have a PhD in computational biology), and I use the ideas of complex systems to examine how science and technology change over time and what this means for society. This involves both academic research as well as popular writing, the latter of which has appeared in such places as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, where I was previously a contributing writer.

I’ll be back at 11 am EST (8 am PST, 4 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything!

Update: Hi everyone! I had a blast interacting with everyone here, answering questions, and just being part of this fantastic conversation. Thanks so much! Time for me to sign out, but I'll try to check back and might be able to answer a few more.

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I am John Frankel, a venture capitalist at ff Venture Capital, based in New York. AMA!

2014-08-07T19:51:18+00:00

Hey reddit,

My name is John Frankel. I am the founding partner of ff Venture Capital, an early-stage VC in New York. We've invested in companies such as Klout, Indiegogo, Plated, 500px, and HowAboutWe. Here is my bio: http://ffvc.com/team/john-frankel/

I'm ready to answer any of your questions about venture capital, ff Venture Capital, startups or tech, at 4:15 pm ET. Ask me anything!

Here's some proof --> https://twitter.com/ffvc/status/497466666796990464

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Devaluation: By analyzing venture capital relationships with Vox Media, I am proposing a strategy to successfully bankrupt Polygon

2015-06-09T19:07:02+00:00

Operation Cuddleparty Azure Orbs is now in the discovery phase! If you agree with this method of attack hugs, please contribute to the wiki to help us resolve some of the questions and formulate a precise tactic diamat. I'm the guy that told you how to target Gawker. Now that we have some new blood itching for a fight thanks to Planetside, I am now telling you how to target Polygon. There is one angle GG has not considered and, thanks to Chairman Pao, one that anti-GG has absolutely no hope of keeping up with: Venture capital strategy. This is Rafat Ali. Here's his track record in terms of building content platforms and successfully selling them. He's not a major player at all, but he has an interesting perspective about why venture capitalists event care about tech journalism. Firstly, Recode couldn't have 1/8th of Vox stock in exchange, right? Not possible? so cram down exit valuation for Recode likely. Vox bought Recode but what did Recode get in exchange? Surely not 1/8th of Vox stock. Recode basically had a cram down moment and got picked up on the cheap. But why would Vox do this? Let's look at this comment: The fact that tech journalists join VC firms says only one thing: VC firms only care about connections for dealflow, expertise be damned. What is dealflow? Deal flow (or dealflow) is a term used by finance professionals such as venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity investors and investment bankers to refer to the rate at which they receive business proposals/investment offers. The term is also used not as a measure of rate, but simply to refer to the stream of offers or opportunities as a collective whole. An organization's deal flow is considered "good" if it results in enough revenue- or equity-generating opportunities to keep the organization functioning at peak capacity. Basically, Rafat is saying that tech journalism capitalization is being done only to fluff VC firm numbers to make the firms appear engaged. This perspective makes sense to him since he tends to sell off platforms that focus on high conversion niches. Rafat doesn't care too much about verticals, however, that is the angle that Vox Media is going for. According to this article: Comcast is just one of today’s collection of whales — one of the pipes companies, or companies formerly known as the pipes companies. Such companies used to just deliver stuff — cable programs, phone service — but now, flush with fat cash flow, they’ve caught the media bug. They’ve convinced themselves that media offers diversification in an age where their core businesses are threatened by cord-cutting and other digital disruptions. Long story short, the VCs of Vox are angling to get purchased by Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, or Charter/Time Warner Cable. Therefore, they are expanding into already established niche communities: foodies, coders, gaming, etc. That level of diversification is what vertical integrators among the Big Four are looking for. But why now? Two words: programmatic media The term Programmatic media (also known as programmatic marketing or programmatic advertising) encompasses an array of technologies that automate the buying, placement, and optimisation of media inventory, in turn replacing human-based methods. In this process, supply and demand partners utilise automated systems and business rules to place advertisements in electronically targeted media inventory. It has been suggested that programmatic media is a fast-growing phenomenon in the global media and advertising industry. In 2012, Vox was skeptical of the technique. As of today, they are integrating towards programmatic. Today, given size of audience and amount of inventory, programmatic is a growing piece of our strategy. We still rely heavi[...]









New round of outrage on social media after top venture capitalist Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital says he won't lower standards to increase women in the company

2015-12-04T04:09:56+00:00

https://archive.is/2sWf3

Summary: Sir Michael Moritz comments that they'd hire tonnes of women if they could meet the standards of Sequoia Capital. Predictably, social media goes wild with emotional outbursts to all the 'misogyny' and how Moritz isn't working 'hard enough' to attract a more diverse workforce.

These people have no idea how opaque and competitive it is not only to work in a top VC firm but to become partner, no less. Most of them are successful startup founders, which explains why there are so few women to choose from.

Regardless of your views on venture capital and whether they actually provide values to their investors his next comments are pretty accurate:

“I think the issue begins in the high schools where women, particularly in America and also in Europe, tend to elect not to study the sciences when they’re 11 and 12. So suddenly the hiring pool is much smaller.”

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IAmA: I am a senior associate at a Venture Capital firm based in Boston, AMAA

2013-02-28T19:32:11+00:00

I work at a small early stage venture firm in Boston. I will make every effort to answer any questions you have about raising capital, what it's like to work in venture, or anything else in general about the topic.

The only questions I will not answer are anything that will give away my anonymity, as I'd like this to separate my personal opinion from the official opinion of my firm (they do not differ much but just playing on the safe side).

EDIT: had to run earlier tonight but I'll try to get to everyone's questions, probably tomorrow afternoon if I can find time.

EDIT 2: Gotta get back to work, I'm falling behind now, having too much fun with this! Keep the questions coming, I'll try my best to get to all of them.

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Phil Elverum's Band Naming Services Bought Out By "Venture Capital Band"

2016-01-04T13:57:27+00:00

We, Blimp Rock, are a venture capital band from Toronto. Our goal is to raise $700K for the world's first concert in a blimp above Lake Ontario.

In efforts to diversify our product line, we have purchased Phil Evelrum's Band Naming Services. It shall hereby be known as "Blimp Rock Enterprises Presents: Band Naming Services": http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/bandnaming

Phil also tweeted a haiku about the deal: https://twitter.com/PWElverum/status/683781267544866817

Thank you for your interest in our predatory capitalist endeavors. If you are also interested in our blimp concert, there is more info at http://www.blimprockenterprises.com

Happy New Year! Blimp Rock

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5 things I learned after raising $2.5M in Venture Capital funding

2014-12-19T02:32:47+00:00

I bootstrapped my first internet company to a few full time employees. For two years, I read TechCrunch and thought "look at ALL these companies getting funded, If only I had VC funding, my life would be so much easier!" (The only reason I bootstrapped in the first place was because I had no way to raise funding.) I treated any cash I made like it was life blood. I watched every expense, every dollar meant the world to me. I did end up generating revenue and launching my product. But... I barely had enough money to hire employees and pay the bills. The thought of having extra cash in the bank seemed inconceivable. I couldn't even fathom what I would do with funding. "All my problems would be solved with ANY amount of funding". That was a no brainer. After a couple years bootstrapping, I didn't get rich, but I eventually came up with a great idea for a new venture. I networked like crazy finally raised a small angel round. That was a year ago. Since then, I've raised over $2.5M in venture capital funding, gotten significant press coverage, and hired a fantastic team. But... absolutely nothing changed. Nothing. At All. The cash does not make building the company ANY easier. If anything, running the company is harder now because of modified expectations. Let me explain... Modified expectations - The expectation is that we'll create a billion dollar company, not generate revenue. Even if the company ends up making a million dollars a year... it's a catastrophic failure. (A company that makes $1M/year would sell for around $5m which would not return any profit for the investors). I rely on others - When it was just me, I was forced to do everything myself. Now, I rely on designers, developers, and marketers to do work that I normally would've hacked together myself. Are the results better? Maybe. But they would've gotten done either way. It's all about the money - Now, I need to focus on raising the next round, keeping dilution down. Making sure the investors are happy. It's hard to focus on the business sometimes. VC's can be a distraction. You're in a never ending cycle of raising - Since we spend more money now, it's much harder to turn profitable. This means that we're expected to raise more funding. In many cases, successful startups fail because they can't raise more. Your stake is small, and gets smaller over time - Every time you take more capital, you give away a piece of the company. By the time many startups exit, the founder owns less than 10%. Don't get me wrong, If I could go back in time, I would do the exact same thing again... I just didn't think about the above repercussions before raising. Honestly, if I was forced to build my company without VC funding, I could definitely come pretty close to the same results. It may take longer, but the outcome would be similar. Ask me questions. If anyone wants help raising, I'm happy to share my thoughts. submitted by /u/jessetime to r/startups [link] [comments][...]